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Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has a decent article on Darko Milicic -- not on how he's adjusting on the court with the Magic, but how he's adapting to one of his new teammates.

They are Orlando Magic teammates, but they probably never can be friends -- not in the truest sense.

A civil war-torn history between their countries makes a relationship uneasy in the locker room and potentially dangerous back in the former Yugoslavia.

Darko Milicic is Serbian and Mario Kasun is Croatian.

Croatia and Serbia, along with Bosnia, signed a peace agreement in 1995 to end almost four years of ethnic violence and bloodshed.

Kasun, 25, and Milicic, 20, speak the same language and get along fine. But neither player is comfortable talking about whatever relationship they have fostered.

"Our families have been fighting for long time," Milicic said.

Kasun fears how his comments might be relayed and interpreted in Croatia if he has befriended a Serb teammate.

A peace treaty might be in place, but he says tension remains.

"I don't blame Darko," Kasun said. "But I can't say, 'Yeah, there's nothing going on.' "

Regardless of your feelings of Darko's tenure in Detroit, I don't think there are very many of us here in the U.S. that can comprehend what his upbringing must have been like. It's a short article but worth checking out.

Divided but not conquered [Orlando Sentinel]